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  1. spe·cif·ic
    IPA[spəˈsifik]
  2. adjective

    • 1. clearly defined or identified:

      increasing the electricity supply only until it met specific development needs
    • 2. precise and clear in making statements or issuing instructions:

      when ordering goods be specific
    • 3. belonging or relating uniquely to a particular subject:

      information needs are often very specific to companies and individuals
    • 4. relating to or connected with species or a species:

      the differences between them can only be on the specific level
    • 5. (of a duty or a tax) levied at a fixed rate per physical unit of the thing taxed, regardless of its price.

    • 6. of or denoting a number equal to the ratio of the value of some property of a given substance to the value of the same property of some other substance used as a reference, such as water, or of a vacuum, under equivalent conditions:

      specific dielectric strength
    • 7. of or denoting a physical quantity expressed in terms of a unit mass, volume, or other measure, in order to give a value independent of the properties or scale of the particular system studied:

      specific conductance

    noun

    • 1. a medicine or remedy effective in treating a particular disease or part of the body:

      he grasped at the idea as though she had offered him a specific for cancer
    • 2. a precise detail:

      he worked through the specifics of the contract
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: specific, plural noun: specifics

    • adjective

      clearly defined or identified:

      precise and clear in making statements or issuing instructions:

    • noun

      a medicine or remedy effective in treating a particular disease or part of the body:

      a precise detail:

    • noun

      the Latin binomial name of a species, consisting of the generic name followed by the specific epithet.

      another term for specific epithet

    • noun

      the activity of a given radioisotope per unit mass.
    • noun

      the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a standard, usually water for a liquid or solid, and air for a gas.
    • noun

      the ratio of the charge of an ion or subatomic particle to its mass.
    • noun

      the second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which follows the generic name and distinguishes the species from others in the same genus.
    • noun

      the performance of a contractual duty, as ordered in cases where damages would not be adequate remedy.
    • noun

      a disease caused by a particular and characteristic organism.
    • noun

      the heat required to raise the temperature of the unit mass of a given substance by a given amount (usually one degree).
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